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Electoral rolls going online

india Updated: Jul 04, 2009 02:20 IST
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If you live in Gurgaon and your name does not feature on the electoral roll, go online.

With the Haryana Assembly elections a few months away, the electoral office is preparing a software system to enroll people online in Gurgaon.

The residents’ welfare associations in Gurgaon had met Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla in Chandigarh last month to complain against large-scale deletion of names from the electoral roll during the parliamentary election.

Chief Electoral Officer of Haryana Sajjan Singh said the department has tied up with the state-run HARTRON (Haryana State Electronics Development Corporation) for preparing the software to receive registration forms online.

“Considering the fact that Gurgaon has a large educated and tech-savvy population, we decided to introduce online registration,” Singh said.

The online system would also have real time system, which will help applicants know the status of their application.

“It (the registration) might take a week’s time as we cannot compromise with the security. I have directed my officers to be very careful especially dealing with the migrant population as many of them could be Bangladeshi migrants living in Grugaon illegally,” said Singh.

He said the door-to-door visits of electoral officers would start before the system was made available online and people could also register through them.

Col Rattan Singh, chairman of the Joint Action Forum of RWAs (JAFRA), claimed about one lakh people in Gurgaon failed to cast their vote during the last elections as their names were missing from the electoral roll.

“About 50 per cent of those who could not cast their vote have election identity cards,” he said.